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  1. By Avi Bryant @avibryant.

    Early in my time managing the Data team at Stripe, @jeffbalogh built a tool called Hubble with massive impact. Here’s what it did:

    • there was a big textarea to type a SQL query into
    • it showed results in a table
    • it cached the results, and gave the query + results a permalink 75% of the value came from that. Sounds simple, but the simplicity was a huge part of it.

    Another 15% came from the ability to toggle simple chart views instead of the table.

    Most of the remaining 10% was that you could search through a log of everyone else’s queries. I’m mentioning this because most orgs could build this in a couple of days, but not many seem to have, and I think they should.

    (Something that in theory does this and more, but is encumbered with a lot more complexity and clicks, doesn’t count).

  2. By Laura Braunstein @laurabrarian.

    next time someone approaches my team wanting to “make a digital archive” I’m just going to paste this in as an autoreply (from @archiviststan and @professorcaz “Critical Digital Archives: A Review from Archival Studies”)

    We begin with the topic of materiality and infrastructure. From an archival studies perspective, digital archives are material problems—that is, they warrant a serious commitment to creating and maintaining material infrastructure. What many historians and digital humanities scholars call a “digital archive” would make archivists balk; scanned documents simply placed on a personal website, a hard drive, or—even worse from an archival perspective—a proprietary social media account do not constitute a “digital archive” unless there is a plan for preserving them across space and time, maintaining the context of their creation through metadata, and ensuring continual access to present and future users. For archivists, preservation and description are key ingredients in making a collection of records “archival”. Both of these archival functions require material infrastructure and labor.

  3. By Jack Nunn.

    “What I love about genomics is that it’s opening up a new frontier on understanding ourselves”

    Proud to share my reflections on genomics and Standardised Data on Initiatives (STARDIT) with the Wellcome Trust (via @TPerders !) @wellcometrust #genome #dna